Sources: Luke Walton will return for third season as head coach of Sacramento Kings
Kings general manager Monte McNair could have opted for change. Instead, he chose continuity. McNair informed coach Luke Walton on Monday he will be back for a third season in Sacramento, multiple sources told The Sacramento Bee, confirming a report from James Ham of NBC Sports California. Walton addressed uncertainty over his future last week as another difficult season was coming to an end. Sources said Walton had been given no assurances from the organization at that point, but Walton said he was confident he would return and looked forward to continuing his work with players such as De’Aar...
The Sacramento Bee
Scott Fowler: For Hornets to beat Pacers in NBA play-in tournament, Terry must become ‘Scary’ again
The Charlotte Hornets’ chance to win at Indiana Tuesday night in the first game of the NBA play-in tournament seem very poor. Charlotte went 0-5 over the past eight days to stagger into this sports purgatory — not the playoffs, exactly, but not the regular season, either. How do the Hornets pull off an unlikely win in a do-or-die scenario Tuesday night? I’ve got two words for you: Scary Terry. Wait, did you think I was going to say LaMelo Ball? It’s great that LaMelo has returned from his wrist injury, and he’s good for several highlights in every game. But at this moment, Terry Rozier is Char...
The Charlotte Observer
DELETED: Column: Steph Curry’s second scoring title should silence his doubters once and for all
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The Mercury News
Dieter Kurtenbach: Steph Curry’s second scoring title should silence his doubters once and for all
SAN FRANCISCO — In his 20s, Stephen Curry changed the entire sport of basketball. In his 30s, Curry is still showing the rest of the league how to play this game he changed. At age 33, Curry just turned in the best regular season of his revolutionary career, capturing his second scoring title with a career-high 32 points per game average. He capped it all off with one of his best performances of this incredible campaign. Going into Sunday’s game, Curry needed only three points to claim the scoring title. He scored 46. And, even more importantly, those points — including three clutch 3-pointers...
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Benjamin Hochman: Blues’ O’Reilly says it ‘would be more special to beat’ Colorado, his former franchise, in playoffs
DENVER — The draft pick allowed them to dream. Colorado nabbed him in 2009. There was anticipation and an expectation. A belief — and perhaps a little relief — that Colorado had finally found its next great player. His name was Matt Duchene, the No. 3 overall pick. But there was this other kid, too. The second-rounder. “You know what? He was always just really impressive, even coming in as an 18-year-old — he didn’t act 18,” said longtime NHL player John-Michael Liles, who played from 2009 to 2011 with Ryan O’Reilly, by phone Saturday. “He acted a lot older and was somebody that carried himsel...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Chicago White Sox — after reaching the 85% vaccination threshold — can now relax some protocols
The Chicago White Sox reached the 85% vaccination threshold for tiered players and staff Saturday. Among the relaxed protocols, all vaccinated Tier 1 players and staff are no longer required to wear face masks in the dugout. “There are differences, a little more freedom, especially not wearing a mask,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said Sunday. “But I’m not sure when we go to Minnesota (Monday), what we’ll do there as far as getting away from the hotel. But knock on wood, we are trending in the right direction, not just baseball, but as a country.” Asked Thursday about the possibilities, Sox short...
Paul Sullivan: Institute a designated position player/pitcher. Limit the number of shifts. Here are 10 baseball changes we’d like to see etched in stone tablets.
CHICAGO — As another season of high strikeout rates and lower batting averages settles in, Major League Baseball has begun its experiment with a cornucopia of rules changes in the minor leagues. Limiting shifting, moving the mound back, 15-second pitch clocks, larger bases and electronic strike zones — aka robo umps — are just a few examples of changes in store this summer at a minor league ballpark probably not anywhere near you. The idea is to make the game more exciting through higher contact rates, greater athleticism and more baserunning with less downtime between the action. Former Chica...
Mariners repeat 7-3 victory over Cleveland behind Haniger, Moore
SEATTLE — Proving they were capable of scoring runs and winning games on a somewhat regular basis before Jarred Kelenic’s name was penciled atop their lineup, though it hasn’t felt like it in recent weeks, the Seattle Mariners used home runs from Mitch Haniger and Dylan Moore and a triple from recent call-up Donovan Walton to roll to an easy, drama-free 7-3 win over Cleveland on Saturday night at T-Mobile Park. Similar to the win on Friday night, which was also by 7-3, Seattle picked up a quick first-inning run off Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie to set an early tone. A night after wowing f...
The Seattle Times
Mike Sielski: Vanessa Bryant delivered a great and gracious Hall of Fame speech for the Kobe she knew
Vanessa Bryant took hold of Michael Jordan’s arm Saturday night, the two of them cautiously ascending a short staircase to a stage in a Connecticut casino complex, and here now were Kobe Bryant’s hero and wife, his mentor and the keeper of his flame, together to induct him into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Kim Mulkey had been funny and Tim Duncan had been self-deprecating, but here now was the moment of the night. Jordan, in a gray tuxedo, stood to the side and said nothing, and here now was Vanessa Bryant, her three surviving daughters in the audience, looking straight ahead...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kraken's foundation seeks to 'show up' in Seattle communities, and provide more than hockey and money
SEATTLE — Melinda Giovengo has seen promises come and go during her three decades spent navigating ways to keep homeless youths off the street. So when she sat down four years ago with Tim Leiweke and his partners who eventually birthed the Kraken's expansion NHL team, Giovengo was skeptical. As executive director of Seattle-based YouthCare, she often had heard pitches by companies promising to help with critical job training for the homeless teens and young adults residing within her shelter spaces. But things rarely progressed beyond piecemeal work placements. This time, though, from her fir...
The Seattle Times